‘This is a landmark moment in our £1bn campus plans at Western Infirmary site’

By Ellen Thomson at

The University of Glasgow has received planning consent from Glasgow City Council to begin construction on the first building on the site of the former Western Infirmary.

The consent, specifically described in planning terms as ‘Matters Specified in Conditions’, means work is now taking place on the £113 million Research Hub, with completion expected in 2021.

The Research Hub is designed to be a vibrant, collaborative facility at the heart of the Western campus. It will host over 600 academics, postdoctoral researchers and PhD students working across five broad research themes.

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Research: the new hub will be home to 600 staff and students

The ground floor will be publically accessible, offering spaces for public engagement events and exhibitions as well as a café.

The building was designed by HOK architects and will be constructed by Multiplex.

Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow, said: “We are delighted to have received planning consent to begin construction on the Research Hub.

“This represents a landmark moment in our £1 billion Campus Development programme as the Research Hub will be the first building to be constructed on the site of the former Western Infirmary.

“Upon completion, this building will offer a unique facility to support the University’s world-class research, as well as providing a welcoming and accessible hub for knowledge exchange and public engagement.”